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Stories for January 16, 2006

Assisted Suicide Supporters Push Bill Again

Jan. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of the concept of doctor-assisted suicide say they'll try again this year to get the California legislature to pass a measure that would authorize the practice. The effort failed in 2005, due in part to heavy opposition by the Catholic Church. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

House Republicans pick leader in Feb; Hunter and Issa back Blunt

Jan. 16
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both of the San Diego area's Republican Congressmen are publicly backing Missouri representative Roy Blunt in his quest to succeed Texas Congressman Tom Delay as house majority leader. Blunt's vying with Republican Ohio congressman John Boehner and possibly others to become the next majority leader. House Republicans pick their leader in early February. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.

Consultants to collect $6 million, want $10 million more

Jan. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council meets for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The thorny issue on the agenda is whether to authorize millions more to pay consultants who are investigating the city. KPBS reporter Alison St. John has more.

Looking back at desegregation in sports

Jan. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Every American sport has its African American pioneers; in Major League baseball, it was Jackie Robinson. Host Tom Fudge speaks with local historians about the untold stories of race integration in sports.

Looking back at Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Jan. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Author Taylor Branch has written his third volume on Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Host Tom Fudge speaks with Branch about the final years of King's life in Memphis.

DePauw University students work with homeless teens in San Diego

Jan. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with a DePauw University student and an organizer about working with Stand Up for Kids, a national organization based in San Diego that works directly with homeless teens.

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of civil rights today?

Jan. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge and ACLU President Nadine Strossen speak about the current state of civil rights and look at both progress and the challenge of fulfilling King's goals of non-violence and racial equality.